Recovered narratives : collective memory in contemporary Argentine Jewish fiction / by Alejandro Meter.
In the last few years the topic of memory has elicited widespread scholarly interest across the humanities and the social sciences. Sociologists, historians, literary and cultural critics have converged to develop new ways and perspectives to approaching the study of memory, remembrance, and oblivion. This fascinating topic has recently witnessed a surge of bibliographical materials that range from the study of memory after the Holocaust, to the debate on the building of memorials and monuments, to the relationship between memory and historiography. My interest in the study of memory however, stems from the necessity to rethink and reinvent the complexities and the richness of Argentine nationality in literary representation.This dissertation examines the cultural production of twentieth century Argentine Jewish writers from the perspective of their collective memories and the impact of both remembering and forgetting on national identity and the processes implicit in nation formation. In order to achieve this objective, the dissertation draws on theories of collective memory and national identity from a cultural studies perspective. It reconsiders present understandings of nation, identity and collective memory with regard to fictional narratives produced by Jewish writers in Argentina. In addition, this project aims at expanding the limits of what is presently thought of as the nation in order to ultimately reevaluate and give critical recognition a literary corpus that has been for the most part excluded from hegemonic discourse.
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